Israeli Army Terrorise Asira for the 2nd Night in a Row

Israeli Army Terrorise Asira for the 2nd Night in a Row

At around 10pm last night (2 May) the Israeli occupation army attacked the Palestinian village of Asira al-Qibliya, south of Nablus, for the second night in a row. Shooting tear gas, stun grenades, and live ammunition on the street as well as inside houses, and ransacking civilian homes and small businesses, dozens of heavily armed Israeli soldiers terrorised the village for several hours.

Many children and the elderly collapsed from tear gas inhalation.

At least 15 houses were invaded, their doors smashed, people’s belongings turned upside down and inside out.

For several hours, the occupation army declared Asira a closed military zone; military and police jeeps blocked every entrance to the village, forbidding residents from leaving or coming back home. Villagers counted at least 20 military jeeps and armoured vehicles in Asira’s streets last night. Some stayed up until the morning at improvised flying checkpoints when terrorised villagers started going to work.

The night before, during a similar violent attack on the peaceful village, a 21-year-old resident of Asira was kidnapped by the Israeli army; he remains in detention.

The village of Asira al-Qibliya has been the target of numerous violent raids, military incursions, and illegal settler colonist attacks on a daily basis ever since the nearby illegal Israeli colony of Yitzhar was established.

Local premises after the Israeli army raid:

Video by Samantha Comizzoli.